January 2023

Lord of my Life

When I begin to believe that I’ve got something handled…that’s when I surely make a mess of things.

I would think by now I’d have learned to be fully dependent on You…but I must continually be retrained.  When I finally recognize I need help, You always lift me to my feet.  Thank You for forgiving my headstrong ways and my self-centered priorities. America has become headstrong and self-centered…but too proud to turn to You for guidance.  Your advice is old-fashioned and not “woke”… she stubbornly refuses to acknowledge her failures and is rushing toward catastrophe.

I call out to You today asking you to hear my prayer of desperation for America…we need help.  We are lost in the darkness without hope unless You rescue us.  You are our salvation.

AMEN

Scripture: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2

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Creator of One Flesh Intimacy

“And the two shall become one flesh.”

A beautiful intimacy You designed to create unbreakable bonds of love between man and woman.  A magnificent gift that undergirds healthy families and functional societies. How can we have been so self-centered and blind to have totally abused and degraded Your amazing plan? The enemy has deceived us into believing that lust is actually love and that monogamy is foolish.  We have been tricked into accepting a counterfeit “love” that mocks Your creation. As You predicted, we have become a people defined by our appetites, mere animals.  We have traded purity and security for disease and dysfunction, yet we stubbornly cling to our immortality.

America cannot survive unless we again embrace Your standard…draw us back to Your perfect plan for stable relationships and wholesome families.

AMEN

Scripture: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

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Creator of Life

In Your perfection, You created male and female and called it “Very good”.  This act formed the basis for society, became the foundation of the family, and functioned to provide stability throughout history.

Today in America, we are trying…and failing dramatically…to redefine this universal, godly standard for marriage and family.

The dismal results show the destruction of the nuclear family and the predictable increase in mental health issues, dramatic increases in crime, more poverty, and the significant “dumbing down” of future generations.

Recent studies of the roots of mass shooters worldwide reveal fatherless boys are the shooters in every case.

Lord, we need to rebuild the American family to restore our civil culture.  Replace the cartoonish “toxic male” with Promise Keepers who model everyday manhood as You created it.  Start with me!

AMEN

Scripture:  “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:6

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God above all gods

Forgive me when I fail to exalt You above every other thing in the universe. While it is easy to intellectually acknowledge You as the Ruler of the universe…the practical truth is way too often I let the things of this world take priority.

When I do, that is usually when;
Things fall apart
I lose perspective
It is easy to whine and complain.

But, when I pause and acknowledge You’re the boss, I am much more pleasant to be around…I can speak Your praises easily and I learn to find joy in Your presence in my life.

When I have things in proper perspective I can make a difference in the world around me. Empower me to have a positive impact on this lost and dying world.

AMEN

Scripture: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2a

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Lord of Harmony

Thank you for the music…beautiful music stirs our souls…it lifts our spirits.  There is something about magnificent music…every instrument and every voice working in unison to produce a message of uncommon commitment to a worthy cause that is found nowhere else on earth.

The enemy knows this power.  In response, we hear from the darkness, discordant, jarring sounds and angry lyrics, screeches that attack our peace and disturb our hearts.

Teach Your children how to make beautiful music together and the beauty and the hope of our song drown out the sounds of this world. May the beauty and power of our orchestra overwhelm even the most glorious solo.  May the joy of our melody shine Your light into the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.” Ephesians 5:19

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Righteous Judge

I do not fear Your judgment even though I stand before You without merit except for the sacrifice of Christ.

Your grace and Your mercy flow richly to me. Yet most around me seem either oblivious or unconcerned about facing Your righteous wrath. They believe the lie that they are “good enough”
to decide right from wrong without You and by their self-righteousness enter into Your eternal Glory. Oh, Father, because so many of us who’ve experienced Your forgiveness have been silenced by our concerns for acceptance we have become ineffective…or worst, unconcerned and by our silence,
we are condemning many to a hopeless eternity.

Help me…I do not want to be part of the silence any longer. Give my voice volume so that my life might have true meaning.

AMEN

Scripture: “But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” Romans 2:5

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God of Reason

When all around me is chaos and fantasy, I can always turn to You…the voice of truth and wisdom.

There is something terribly wrong with a culture that vilifies heroes and glorifies the self-centered coward. Any society that would prefer cowards above its selfless heroes as role model and guide for their children has lost its moral foundation and its future is almost beyond retrieval. Lord, America has become that society. Those who disagree are shouted down and the foolish and unhinged reign supreme. Please replace this darkness with Your light. Please have mercy on those without a window into Your love and grace.

Empower Your followers to rediscover their robust voice and speak as one against the unthinkable evil destroying our Land. Help me find my voice.

AMEN

Scripture: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8

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Unshakable God

When all around me is falling apart, I will not be shaken because You are unshakable. If I let my imagination run to what might be…You always reassure me about what WILL be.

Though our headlines leap from catastrophe to catastrophe…from the latest report of violence to the latest report of food shortages…from the latest inflation news to the latest international crisis, with You by my side, I will not be frightened. You have become my ever-present security for whatever tomorrow may hold. You have never abandoned me…I am secure in Your love.

Help me be steady when all others panic. Let me be a quiet reassuring presence for those who fear the future. May my voice speak hope to a world in turmoil. May others see You in me.

AMEN

Scripture: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;…” Psalms 24:4

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Lord of Good News

You are the source of the best good news in all history…Jesus rescued us from our sins at Calvary!

Recent headlines also announce the less dramatic but nevertheless good news. Surveys show that most parents are refusing to get their young children vaccinated… tip of the hat to engaged parents. Recent news, and enhanced photography from outer space upsets “settled science” concerning how the universe functions…just when a man’s convinced, he’s got God all figured out, it turns out he doesn’t. It has recently been documented that Monkey Pox is NOT a threat to the general population…only certain groups engaged in risky behavior.

Thank You, Lord, for shining Your light onto deceptions emanating from the darkness. Please be a beacon of truth leading America away from the path of destruction she seems so determined to pursue.

AMEN

Scripture: “The LORD is [still] king! Let the earth rejoice!” Psalms 97:1

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Source of True Laughter

Thank You for placing a song in my heart and laughter on my lips. I am burdened today by the truth that America has lost her smile.

The darkness that envelops her is depressing and killing the joy she once represented. Now there is only division, distrust, anger, and joyless victimhood from sea to shining sea. Laughter is good for the soul, but the very soul of America has been blighted by a joyless existence and desperation without hope.

Lord, restore laughter to the land, return hope and a future for this once great country You founded and nurtured. Use me today to bring a smile to the people I meet…a chuckle to a stranger You bring across my path. May the joy of my salvation light the way those lost around me.

AMEN

Scripture: “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” Psalms 126:2

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